1 What's your company called?
2 What services or products do you offer?
We are known for making books—a great many, but we do quite a lot besides that. We offer services across the supply chain, including storage, delivery and inventory management, plus pre-retail work, creative consultancy, book production and e-solutions. We hope that our range of services supports the full publishing supply chain, in addition to making books. We work with every size of publisher, and in the last few years have built up our services for independents and self-publishers too.
3 How can you help IPG members?
With advice, both practical and strategic, and with solutions tailored to meet the needs of IPG members. Clays is known for our work with large publishers—as printers of Harry Potter, Penguin and so on. What is less well known is that we work with lots of smaller companies too, and particularly with start-up businesses—a great favourite.
4 What do you enjoy about working in publishing?
The books, the people, the passion and the variety.
5 What do you think is the single biggest opportunity and the single biggest threat for independent publishers right now?
Size no longer matters as it did—small companies can find readers, build communities, publish great books and win prizes. The threat is that we lose readers to that great internet world out there.
6 What do you get out of belonging to the IPG?